Ukraine will likely introduce an electronic visa system for foreigners who wish to visit the country early next year. The State Secretary of the Ukranian Ministry, Andriy Zayats said in an interview that introducing the e-visa would provide foreigners with the opportunity to apply online for a visa as of the first quarter of 2018.
It is estimated that the move will improve the workload on Ukranian consular points at airports. The e-visa is also a step to attract more tourists from other countries who currently are granted visa-on-arrival. Zayats explained, "Next year we are planning to introduce Ukraine's electronic entry visa, which will unload our consular offices at airports. When 40-50 foreigners arrive on a single flight, and all of them need to obtain a visa on the sport, the first contact with Ukraine is not really successful for the psychologically."
E-visa for foreigners traveling to Ukraine
Zayats said, "preparatory procedures have already been conducted and I think that during the first quarter of 2018 and electronic visa will become a reality." Ukraine is joining several other nations that are creating electronic visa programs for foreign visitors. Early in December, Egypt launched an e-visa for travelers of eligible countries which include Ukraine along with Australia, Canada, and many other European countries.
Early in 2016, Ukraine introduced a visa-on-arrival policy for Chinese citizens at two airports: Kiev Boryspil Airport and Odesa International Airport. Citizens of China are granted a stay of up to 15 days upon arrival. Chinese travelers must carry with them a valid passport and a document to prove the motive of their visit.The visa-on-arrival for Chinese citizens had a positive impact, the number of Chinese visitors to Ukraine increased by more than 50 percent in 2017.
Ukraine has made other recent changes to their policies. The UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, announced that as of December 31st, 2017, Emiratis with an ordinary passport will be exempt from pre-entry visas to travel to Ukraine and can obtain the visa-on-arrival to enter the country. Emirati citizens can stay in Ukraine for a period of up to 30 days.